1995 Toyota Tercel DX from North America


Made in Japan. Not pretty, but built like a tank


Nothing major so far. The tranny shifts a little hard when the car is cold.. Gotta let the baby warm up a bit in the winter time.

General Comments:

1. Great on gas.

2. Cheap parts.

3. If you take care of it, it will last a long long time.

4. Will not leave you stranded.

I got mine for 650$ -- I put about 600$ into it.. So far so good.. 5000k - no issues besides the tranny at very cold temperatures.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2012

31st Jan 2012, 23:02

I drive a '99, and the tranny will also shift slow when it's cold. Aside from that, no other issues.

1995 Toyota Tercel 1.6 gas from Guatemala


Ugly duckling


- Engine blown shortly after buying it.

General Comments:

The vehicle was bought as an emergency, but was never my favorite. Being a lover of big cars, this small automatic vehicle made me feel very uncomfortable.

Gas mileage was great, and acceleration was good, but you could hear every bump, every pebble and every turn of the wheels inside.

Repair of the engine was not as expensive as expected (parts are easily found and are cheap), and was more than glad to sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2011

1995 Toyota Tercel DX 1.5 Liter 93 HP from North America


Find one, and buy it! Can't go wrong


Purchased car April 2006 with 193k on it from a friend and her family. Rarely was this car ever even maintained.

215,000k the speakers started to crap out so I replaced all four with Sony Xplods.

260,000k belts and tune up.

275,000k set new tires/brakes.

300,000k starting leaking/burning about 2qts of oil per week, didn't effect performance much.

341,000k car totaled by drunk driver.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $1000 for my first car when I was fifteen. I put that poor little through hell and back. Not only did I put 150,000k on that car in two years, but most of that mileage was from delivering pizza in high school and the early part of college. NEVER ever once did that car ever fail to start or leave me stranded anywhere!

It was surely no Supra, but was quick enough, and the gas mileage was unbelievable, about 35-42 mpg! The car was built well, although looked cheap. The 4spd automatic was paired well with the car.

I can't say that it was really a looker, but after adding a rear spoiler, clear front signals, a brushed metal dash kit, new metallic paint-job, and alloys from a 96 Celica, honestly it didn't look bad.

IF and NOT WHEN this car breaks down, most of the repairs can be done yourself with just a Chilton repair manual and a Sunday afternoon. And changing the oil/filter takes 5min flat (minus time to drain).

This car was just so amazing in my eyes that nothing will ever compare. I would still be driving it if it weren't for a drunk driver plowing into a parking lot. My 2001 Elantra with 66k is getting traded in tomorrow... for another Tercel! This one is the base/standard model. Doesn't even have power steering, a passenger mirror, only 2 speakers, 3spd automatic, and not as good-looking as my Elantra... but clearly better. I've had endless problems and headaches with the Elantra, so I'm going back to a basic tranporter.

Although not as nice as my first, my new Tercel will fill the gap. Plus, since it's only got 110k, it'll be like starting out new again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2008

13th Mar 2011, 09:43

Try to accept a Ford that has reached 110,000 miles!

10th Sep 2011, 00:27

My 97 Tercel 5 spd has 215k miles. I wouldn't trade it for anything but another one.

5th Dec 2011, 16:07

I took my 94 Probe over 200,000.

12th Aug 2012, 10:53

The Ford Probe (up to a certain year model, anyway) has a MAZDA engine, and not a Ford engine. That's why people like them as used cars. Another is the Mercury Tracer, up to a certain year -- they also had Mazda engines and would run forever. Also the Ford Aspire and the Ford Festiva. Both Mazda engines. Mazda is the reason that Ford did not need a bailout.